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Gemini

Gemini - Penelope Ward Gemini by Penelope Ward
Series: Standalone (Companion Novel - Jake Undone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
POV: Dual, First Person
Release Date: May 24th 2013
Print Length: 328 pages
Steam Rating: Scorcher
Overall Rating: 4.5 STARS

Review:

I downloaded this book back when it was first released as a freebie. It was only free for a few days and a ton of people downloaded it and read and loved it. I kept hearing that there was this big “shock” or “surprise” in it that you’ll never see coming and it made me want to dig in immediately. But time constraints have made it hard, and as you know TBR lists are long. So I signed up for the Blog Tour for the companion novel Jake Undone and I wanted to read this one first. Both books are standalones but I am thinking if you read Jake Undone first it may spoil the big shocker in Gemini.

The one thing that stood out the most in Gemini was it uniqueness. The storyline and the main characters were not your “average” New Adult and it was refreshing. The main characters were so “normal” and their upbringing was pretty “normal” too. There was no traumatic childhoods or demon’s stemming from this period. And it didn’t need that to be interesting and keep me wanting more.

Cedric is your average thirty-something guy (well his looks aren’t average) he grew up in a middle-class stable family with good moral and values. “Something” happened to him when he was a senior in college which has forever changed him. We are given small clues as to what this may be but we don’t find out until later in the book. Was I shocked, unfortunately no. I really wanted to be but I felt like the clues were all there early on and I just so happened to guess right. So I think if you don’t try and figure it out (impossible right?) then you may be more surprised than I was. Even so it kept me on the edge of my seat, and no it was not predictable—I just figured out the secret, not how everything would pan out.

Allison is in her mid-twenties and also had a stable upbringing. She was adopted as a baby by a single professional woman who loved and cherished her dearly until she died about a year before the novel begins. She meets Cedric while working as a waitress at a diner and they feel an immediate attraction to each other. Now if you’re the type of person who hates insta-love don’t worry, although they have an instant connection things progress slowly and most of the novel takes place over about a year. I absolutely LOVED them together and was rooting for them to have their HEA from very early on. But it would not come easy for them.

And I would not be doing this novel justice if I did not mention the unbelievable chemistry between Cedric and Allison. It was smokin hot but tender and emotional at the same time. I mean I FELT their chemistry deeply.

My draw to Allison is not a choice. It’s a completely uncontrollable pull that won’t go away, despite the consequences of acting on it.

And the sex was HOT and beautiful ;)
“I love…this…being inside you. You’re the most beautiful woman in the world,”

But most of all I fell in love with Cedric—his gentle nature, protectiveness, and overall perfectness.

“I’m not the type of guy who can give my heart to someone twice. You are the only woman who has ever claimed it. It’s yours forever, take it or leave it.”

If I had to critique anything it would be the use of overly descriptive statements that were slightly crass, which I don’t usually mind but felt a little out of place in this otherwise “non-crass” novel. An example of this is how the heroine’s inner monologue consisted of how her armpits were getting sweaty in the presence of Cedric (she thought this more than once). But most of the time her inner monologue was fine, and at times LOL funny—overall I really liked her, thought she was a genuine person, and connected with her.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the New Adult genre, especially if you feel bored with it because this one is unique—but still has the NA feel.
~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

Format: Kindle
Source: Free on Amazon (no longer free)
Review Date: November 4th 2013

Come to Me Quietly: The Closer to You Series

Come to Me Quietly - A.L. Jackson Come To Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson
Series: Closer To You #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: January 7th 2013
Print Length: 384 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
SMEXY Rating: HOT - 3 STARS
Overall Rating: 6 UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE STARS!!!!!!!

Review:

I don’t think I have ever been anxious before about writing a review. I mean it’s just my opinion, right? Well when it comes to this book I feel the need to get it right. To make people understand just how AMAZING this book is and how deeply it touched me.

Come To Me Quietly (CTMQ) is hands down the most beautifully written romance novel I have EVER read. Seriously. When I first got my hands on it last November (via Goodreads giveaway win) I was ecstatic. A.L. Jackson has had me under her spell since I read her first novel, so winning an advance copy was like hitting the lottery to me. But I was NOT prepared for it. Not at all.

I started and ended reading it in one sitting. There was NO putting this one down. I was so immersed in the story and the characters that I would catch my lungs getting tight from me holding my breath in anticipation. My eyesight became blurry from crying, but I read on. I felt my heart break over and over again, but I read on. I KNEW a train-wreck was coming, but I read on. In spite of and because of all of this I was helpless against staying up until 5AM in the morning.

So what is it about you say???

It is the story about a completely shattered boy, and the girl who has loved him her entire life. Jared has decided to return to his hometown six years after “the incident” that changed his life forever. This incident didn’t just change him, it desiccated him. He is full of self-loathing, guilt, anger, and hate. If you can’t tolerate heroes with anger management issues and possessive alpha-male ways I would steer clear of this one. Because Jared is a ticking time-bomb ready to detonate on a whim.

Aleena “Aly” has always loved Jared. He was her brother’s best friend growing up, but really he was hers too. She tagged along with them everywhere when they were little, and Jared looked out for her just like a big brother. He was such a sweet little boy. Then they grew up and the incident happened. We don’t find out what happened until later in the book, as it is slowly revealed. And it is heartbreaking, devastating…. I was so hoping that it would not be anti-climatic, because I have read a few novels like that. Where I am left feeling like I just went through the emotional ringer with these characters for nothing. But this was not the case with CTMQ.

So Jared is back, but he is different. He is not the same boy who left six years ago, but Aly doesn’t care. While he is staying with her and her brother (temporarily) they become very close. And strike up a “friendship.” At least that’s what they call it. But the push and pull of desire between them is physically palpable. He doesn’t think he is good enough for her, so he tries really hard not to be with her.

Did she know how badly I wanted to touch her? To take a little more? Maybe take it all?

He pressed my palm harder against his chest, as if he, too, couldn’t stand the thought of letting me go. His voice was raspy, low, and so incredibly sad. “What are we doing, Aly?”


And god I ached for them. The story was told in alternating POV’s so we get inside of Jared’s head, and it is not pretty. His guilt, fear, and self-hatred runs so deep. He is literally the most tortured hero I have EVER read about.

Every time I thought maybe we were ebbing the pain away, it was only exposed how much deeper it went.

If you have read anything by A.L. Jackson before, you know that she doesn’t do light n fluffy. She only does emotionally overcharged, heavy tear-your-heart-out-and-stomp-on-it kind of novels. CTMQ is no different. It so heavy, it can be hard to breath at times. But that is what I like in my novels. CTMQ made me FEEL EVERY SINGLE EMOTION DEEP INTO MY BONES. And THAT is what a good book does… What an EPIC book does.

I am writing this review after reading this book for the second time. Knowing the characters secrets, and how it would all turn out didn’t ruin it at all. It was and still remains a 6 STAR read for me. My FIRST EVER 6 STAR read.

I highlighted so many quotes that half my book is colored. I can’t share them all, but I’d like to share one more. It is a view of how Aly felt about her love for Jared. Her love for him growing up, and her love for him as an adult. It is a breathtakingly beautiful statement:

Loving someone is one of the biggest chances we ever take. Maybe the most unfair part of it is that it’s rarely a conscious decision we’ve made. It’s something that blossoms slow or hits us hard, something that stirs and builds gradually, or something that shocks us with its sudden intensity. And sometimes it’s something that’s been a part of us our entire lives.
But almost always, it’s inevitable.
Even if I had been given the choice, I would always choose to love him. Even if he produced my greatest pain, he’d also given me my greatest joy.


The second book in the series is due out this summer, and I cannot wait!!! There are some snippets in the end that only had me salivating over it more. There is NO CLIFFHANGER but many of the characters issues are left unresolved. In other words, its ending was perfect.

Overall, this was such an amazing experience. I didn’t read this book, I experienced it. And I am head over heels in love with it. Thank you so much A.L. Jackson for creating this brilliantly written novel. You are a genius!

~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

1st read done with Print ARC via Goodreads
P.S. I also tried the Audiobook but I just couldn't get into it. I was't a big fan of the narration.

The Haunting Season

The Haunting Season - Michelle Muto The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
Series: Standalone
Genre:Paranormal/Ghost Story
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: December 21st 2012
Print Length: 296 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: via tour host
Review Date: October 27th 2013
Overall Rating: 4 STARS

Review:

Wow, what a creepy story! It was perfect for a spook right before Halloween ;)
While I have read horror before, I don’t read it often so this was refreshing change. It was more creepy and spooky and less horror–although there were a few horrific parts. I may have been a little scared to go to sleep afterwards but it was fun ;)

Jess our heroine is just months from starting college when she agrees to do a month long paranormal study. She was chosen because she has been seeing ghosts for years and is strangely unafraid of them. For unknown reasons she stopped seeing these ghosts recently after her father died, this upset her because she really wants to see her dad. So there are actually two reasons she is doing the paranormal study, money and the chance to say goodbye to her dad.

For Jess, the next couple of weeks at Siler House held nothing but amazing possibilities.

Upon arrival at Siler House she meets Allison, Bryan, Dr. Brandt, and Gage. All four of the “subjects” have special abilities, and Dr. Brandt is there to oversee the “experiment.” And although they originally think that they are there to “study” the house, they quickly realize they are being studied too. Why? We find out as the story unfolds.

…houses or manors, no matter how old, weren’t living, breathing things.

“It’s everywhere,” Allison whispered. “It’s like Siler House is diseased.”


The Haunting Season is told in dual POV, one Jess, and the other is her love interest Gage. Of course I loved Gage. He was a great hero, sexy, funny, and brave, but he was also guilt ridden. He has an immediate attraction to Jess but his main concern is not romance. Like the others he is there for another reason…

Considering I am normally a romance reader it was nice to have a romance in the book, however it was a back-story. If you are looking for a deeply romantic book this may not be a good choice, but if you are looking for a good spooky story this is great!

The writing was descriptive and it usually flowed easily. The only critique I have is that I was unsure at times when the POV switched between Jess and Gage. If there was a heading with the chapter break it may have been a little easier to distinguish.

Overall, this was a great fun read and I highly recommend it if you want to be totally creeped out ;)

Now she realized some things were not meant to be messed with.

~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

Fighting for Flight (Fighting, #1)

Fighting for Flight - J.B. Salsbury Fighting For Flight by J.B. Salsbury
Series: (Fighting #1) Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
POV: Dual
Release Date: February 25th 2013
Print Length: 414 pages
Steam Rating: Scorcher
Overall Rating: 5 STARS

Review:

Warning: I love protective and jealous alpha males with anger management issues in my books. If you don't this book may not be for you. Just saying ;)

I have been hearing great things about this book for months and it has been on my TOP TBR list (yes I have 2), but I was just able to read it and I can't believe I waited this long!!! I knew by the time I was halfway in that I LOVED IT!!!! So much so that I went on Facebook raving about it until got the eARC for the next book, LOL ;)

Raven our heroine is unique, she has remained loving and sweet in an environment that has treated her unfairly. She isn't mad at the world for being dealt a "bad hand" in the parental department, she may be a bit closed off but that is understandable and expected. She works as an auto mechanic, and one day in walks Jonah. He is taken aback by the fact that she is a female mechanic, but quickly realizes that he can take advantage of the situation to get to know her better.

Jonah, oh Jonah... I absolutely fell in LOVE with him SO HARD! He is gorgeous of course, but he was also sweet, sexy, caring, and totally protective! I wanted to go curl up with him through the pages so he could protect me too ;)
And when it came time for him to prove his love to Raven he did it without question. He put everything he had worked so hard for all his life on the line for her, and I loved him all the more for it!

No one has ever claimed me like he has -- stood his ground, willing to fight, just so he could have me. Our future depends on that fight.

And the sex was smokin hot, just like our hero. I mean wow! Yes it was that good ;)

He moves, slow and beautiful, loving me in a gentle rhythm that brings tears to my eyes. His gaze locks on mine, and the affection pouring between us threatens to overwhelm me.

I could FEEL everything these characters felt. Their lust, their passion, their love -- it was all physically palpable.

Holding her hands I press them to my chest "You feel that? Every beat pounding away? You do that to me."

I did not want to put this one down! Unfortunately I was extremely busy while reading this one so I had to, but every time I picked it back up I was sucked-in again, madly enthralled and on the edge of my seat! I loved how it began (the prologue rocked!) and I loved how it ended with an amazing epilogue ♥

"Fighting gave me breath, but you brought me back to life"

I cannot do this review any justice without mentioning Blake, Jonah's best friend and the hero of the next book Fighting To Forgive. He was HILARIOUS!!!!! I mean I was literally LMAO at his witty one-liners. But he was also an amazing friend to Jonah. I cannot wait to read his story (and will be soon!)

Some Blake Quotes:
"Nice Legs, what time do they open?"
"If I flip a coin, what are the chances I'll get head?"


Yeah Blake is a pig, but a funny one!

~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

Format: Nook
Source: Purchased
Review Date: October 21st 2013

Watercolor (Dragonfly, #3)

Watercolor (Dragonfly, #3) - Leigh Talbert Moore Watercolor by Leigh T. Moore
Series: Dragonfly #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: See Review
Release Date: September 28th 2013
Print Length: 274 pages
Overall Rating: 4 STARS

Review:

Watercolor is the third book in the Dragonfly series, and they must be read in order. If you have not read the first two beware of spoilers below.

Dragonfly focuses on Jack, Julian, and Anna. Undertow, on the parents. Then in Watercolor the focus is on the blossoming relationship between Julian and Anna. But Anna is hiding a huge secret from Julian, and it weighs on her heavily.

This series is just full of drama, and at its heart is Anna. At times I wanted to shake her I was so frustrated, I felt like she was being fickle. But she grew on me. She was always meddling in the previous books, sticking her nose where it didn’t belong, but I think she realized she bit off more than she could chew. Her knowledge that Bill Kyser was Julian’s dad and he didn’t know it tormented her. She hated keeping this secret. And I think she knew she would have been better off not knowing.

Why couldn’t I just have a normal life, a normal boyfriend, the things you see on after-school specials. Instead I had Jack, who’d spun my head then jerked me around. I had Julian, who I loved and couldn’t tell the truth about something that was tearing him up inside. And now I had fake friends spying on me and getting me in trouble…

But at its heart is a heartwarming first love story. And I fell in love with Julian right alongside Anna. He was such a sexy charming young hero. *sigh*

This entire series is VERY unique. I have never read anything quite like it. The storyline is extremely original, and fascinating. And it’s just keeps drawing me in further with each book. AND OMG there is a preview of Mosaic, the final book in this series, and WoW! I was blown away, and devastated. I mean I cannot believe Leigh did this to these characters so early in the book and then teased us with it!!!!!
I CANNOT wait until it’s released! I’m dying over here!!!

Overall, I really liked this series and this installment and highly recommend you read Watercolor if you have read the first two. You will not believe what she has in store for us in Mosaic… And, like the first two, I have a hard time deciding what age group this novel belongs in. But if I had to, I would categorize this as a Young Adult novel with a few steamy scenes. The characters are seniors in high school and are sexually active so I don’t think it’s appropriate for younger teens.

Dragonflies meant deeper understanding. They meant new beginnings, and in some cultures they meant good luck.

~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

Format: Kindle eARC
Source: via tour host
Review Date: October 12th 2013

If Forever Comes (The Regret Series)

If Forever Comes (The Regret Series) - A.L. Jackson If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson
Series: Take This Regret #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: September 20th 2013
Print Length: 290 pages
Overall Rating: 5+++ STARS

Review:

I wanted to wait a full 24 hours before writing this review. Hell even morning would have been better. But I finished If Forever Comes about an hour ago (approximately 2am) and I keep tossing and turning, I NEED to get this review out of me. I am REELING from the conclusion of Christian and Elizabeth’s story. It quite literally rocked my world.

A.L. Jackson is one of my all-time favorite authors. I tell everyone to read her books. I LOVE all of them. Her writing has this uncanny ability to reach into my soul, shatter it, then she puts it back together again, forever changed. I mean it. Her stories are just amazing. And at times like this I am left breathless.

When I recently read Lost to You (prequel) I thought to myself “this is so beautiful it hurts.” Yes, I literally cried from the beauty of it. Like how you happy cry, but this was a soul-shattering, chest crushing, I am overwhelmed with so many intense emotions kind of happy cry. Earlier this year when I first read Take This Regret, I remember being at about 20% in and sobbing. I turned to my fiancé and said “If it feels this way now how am I going to read it all the way through?” my heart was bursting with uncontained emotions. But I did make it through, and it had been one of the best books I had ever read, and still is.

So this takes us to the present, and the conclusion of Christian and Elizabeth's epic journey. At the end of Take This Regret they finally have each other, and have decided to move on from their past. So I wasn’t prepared for them to have to go through so much more. IT. WAS. HEARTBREAKING.

I once made a promise that no matter what life brought our way, I would never walk away.
I’d meant it. Every fucking word of it.
But life had taken Elizabeth and me down a path neither of us knew how to navigate. One neither of us could bear. Life sometimes puts so much weight on our shoulders we crumble, bends us so far we break.


And that’s what they both are, broken. From the very start we are slapped in the face with the utter devastation that both of the characters feel. I knew something bad had happened, but I wasn’t sure what. We aren’t told right away. The story drifts to and from past and present, and between Christian and Elizabeth’s POV’s. I kind of thought I knew what was coming, but I still wasn’t prepared for it when it came.

How would we ever get past this?

But even though they are broken, and at times handle things all wrong, they still love each other with every fiber of their being. And that is what amazes me about this couple. The beauty, the passion, the all-consuming intensity of their love for each other is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

Maybe that was the problem between Christian and me. Maybe the connection that bound us was too overwhelming, too powerful, too much. Maybe a love that flamed so bright could only burn us into the ground. Maybe it was inevitable, our ruin. Maybe we’d already been set up for destruction, because something so strong made it inherently weak.

I yearned for Christian and Elizabeth to make things better, to be better. But it would get worse before it got better. I physically ached for them.

Elizabeth and I had been through so much.
Indescribable bliss and devastating sorrow.
Our love ran so deep, and yet, it seemed our wounds ran deeper.
Some of those wounds had seemed unbearable, inflictions impossible to recover from.


The one scenario that kept playing out was that hurt people, hurt people. And it’s usually the people you care about that are hurt the worst. This couple was hurting, and at times they would take it out on each other. Most of the time though, it was Elizabeth taking out her frustrations on Christian. And I felt so bad for him. He loved her with every fiber of his being, but there were times when Elizabeth was struggling to return his love, and it was heartbreaking. But Christian was determined to fight for her.

She was mine.
She’d always been.
And I was going to make sure she always was.


And then we get a double epilogue. I love epilogues. So getting one from both perspectives was like hitting the jackpot. I was in heaven :)

If you are looking for a light read, you are in the wrong place. A.L. Jackson does nothing but heavy. Even the happiness is heavy. But this is how I like my stories, don’t give me sappy. Don’t give me perfection. I want to have to work for my HEA’s, and I like them a little bittersweet too. I may be a masochist, I don’t care. All these things I get from this Author, and she hasn’t disappointed me yet.

I took my time to read the entire series from beginning to end this past week, so I have become extremely attached to these characters. I don’t know how I’m going to let them go. I know I’m going to have a massive book hangover. I miss this amazing couple already.

“People don’t always get to love like this, Elizabeth. Not the way we do. It’s a gift.”
I shifted so I could look down at her. “Please don’t ever let it go.”


~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

Format: Kindle eARC
Source: via tour host
Review Date: October 10th 2013

Lost to You

Lost to You - A.L. Jackson Lost To You by A.L. Jackson
Series: Take This Regret (Prequel)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
POV: First Person/Duel
Release Date: January 29th 2013
Print Length: 166 pages
Steam Rating: Hot
Overall Rating: 5+++ STARS

Review:

I am so blown away by this book that I don't even know where to begin. A.L. Jackson is one of my all-time favorite authors, I mean I have given every single one of her books 5 stars! She is one of those authors that anything she writes I will jump at the chance to read → and if you haven't experienced her writing YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!!

Even with how much I already know I love her work I was still shocked at how unbelievable Lost to You was. I have no idea how she does it but A.L. Jackson reaches into my soul and makes me FEEL every single word. I LIVED Christian and Elizabeth's story. The lines that divided these characters and I were almost nonexistent. This wasn't a particularly sad story but it was so powerful that tears would seep through from the overwhelming emotions I was feeling.

I have read Take This Regret before and absolutely LOVED it, and Christian and Elizabeth. (My 1st Review HERE) So I already know there will be trouble ahead for this couple. I don't know how much of that made me tear up at times because I would get so sad at some of their happy times...

You do not have to read Take This Regret first, I actually think that it gives the characters more depth (if that's even possible) if you do.

What is it about? It is the love story of Christian and Elizabeth → how they meet → and how they fall in love. They are both only 18 at the time so finding their soul-mate so young is not what they would have planned for themselves. But they cannot help that fate has other plans. They try to fight their overwhelming attraction to each other, by remaining friends only for awhile but that can only last so long. And when they finally give into this intense chemistry they have → it will give you heart palpitations, OMG!!!!

I really have NEVER read a more beautiful love scene than their first time together. I mean it was so beautiful I cried my freakin eyes out!!!! I have ugly cried because of sadness before, but never because of beauty. But it is also somewhat bittersweet because I know they have such a tough road ahead of them. I will be diving right into Take This Regret, and then If Forever Comes (for the blog tour).

I would just like to point out that stories like this are why I love to read. To be able to experience these emotions by being taken on such an amazing journey is so exhilarating! I literally cannot recommend this book and author high enough!
~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Review Date: October 1st 2013

Saving Amy

Saving Amy - Nicola Haken 3.5 STARS. Review to come...

Let Love Stay (Love, #2)

Let Love Stay (Love, #2) - Melissa  Collins Let Love In & Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins
Series: The Love Series #1-2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Format: Kindle DRC
Source: received from Author for honest review
Review Date: September 26th 2013
Steam Rating: Hot
Overall Rating: 4 STARS

SPOILER-FREE Review:

The first two books in the love series are Maddy and Reid’s story. It is a sweet romance with some sensitive subject matter (but not too much so). I usually read really intense books so this was a little on the light-hearted side for me, however I don’t think it necessarily a “light-hearted read.”

What do I mean by that? Well Maddy and Reid both have tragic pasts, and they are haunted terribly by them. Hence, the seriousness of it. But their romance was sweet and light-hearted, especially in the second book, Let Love Stay.

Maddy is starting college and she goes to a party where she meets Reid. They are immediately attracted to one another. But like I said earlier Reid has demons, and he doesn't want to let anyone in. Because of this he becomes a total asshat, and at first I didn't think i’d be able to like him.

But he grew on me until I absolutely loved him ♥ He is HAWT, sexy, sweet, smart, and compassionate with a bad boy reformed vibe going on ;) That is after he and Maddy get together.

But this couple does not have an easy road to happiness. Much of both books they are working to overcome their pasts, and it sometimes gets in the way of their relationship. At times I really got frustrated with them both. And at the end of the first book I wanted to reach into my Kindle and throttle Maddy--big time…

But she redeemed herself in the second book, and her and Reid grew as young adults trying to navigate adult life for the first time. I thought the way they loved each other was powerful and intense. But at times it was tad bit too sappy for me… They were just too nice to each other. I know that’s horrible to say but I have a love of a hero that has a little more anti-hero in them ;)

The writing was fantastic, and flowed easily. And I am a huge fan of dual POV books, which these were. It gave the MC’s more depth and I could understand where they were coming from better.

Overall, I liked but not loved their story. I recommend it if you are looking for a lighter romance, that’s not too light. The next book Let Love Heal (book 3) is about Maddy’s best friend Melanie so no waiting to see what happens with these two--but book one does leave off an a cliffhanger, so you may want to purchase book one and two together.
~StacyHgg
Books Unhinged Book Blog

Unattainable (Undeniable, #3)

Unattainable - Madeline Sheehan Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan
Series: Undeniable #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: September 20th 2013
Print Length: 306 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Review Date: September 23rd 2013
Steam Rating: Scorcher
Overall Rating: 5+++ STARS

Review:

WOW! She did it again! Madeline Sheehan is pure genius, and I am in awe of her amazing talent. Seriously. I have however, come to an interesting conclusion—I am one sick twisted bitch for loving these shockingly debauched men as much as I do. I mean really, this one pushed the limits. I didn’t even know it was possible to get more raw, in a seedy sort of way, than the first two have been—BUT I WAS WRONG… I was creeped out, horrified, and somewhat traumatized—but if I am being brutally honest with you I was also fascinated, and utterly captivated, again. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS STORY. Every. Freakin. Second. I’m almost ashamed, almost ;)

Unattainable is Cage and Tegan’s story. It was brutal. I mean these two go through the ringer to be together, and at every turn they face another obstacle. Most of the time they don’t overcome the hurdles they have to jump and they both suffer for it. I was frustrated, angry, and sad much of the time—but I FELT everything deeply.

Cage and Tegan had so much more of a past than I had even anticipated. Their lives had been entwined since they were young kids. And Tegan looked up to Cage as a sort of father figure at first.

The older I grew, the more I grew to love him until I no longer looked to him as the one stable figurehead in my life, but instead loved him with an intensity that at times bordered on madness.

Then she had a crush, which eventually turned into love. And she gave him her virginity at the age of 16. He didn’t return her love, and she was devastated.

After sex she told him she loved him he said… “Listen,” he continued slowly. “I don’t know what the fuck you’re thinkin’ but… it just ain’t like that for me, baby.”

AGHHHH! Cage you ASS!!! But I still love you;)

Which, in the end, killed the girl I’d once been. It left me broken, stuck, unable to move forward. And no matter how many years had passed, I was unable to let go.

And my heart broke with her. I felt so bad, but at the same time I also understood that Cage was too young and hadn’t yet gotten his “youth” out of his system. Tegan is a mouthy one. And she takes the hurt and frustration of not being able to have the man she loves out on him at every turn.

“You’re still feelin’ me, Teacup, and you’re still pissed that I fuckin’ stiffed you all those years ago, ain’t you?”
Yes she was feelin’ him and pissed as hell…

And we know from the previous books that many years pass between then and now. And it would be so unlike Madeline if she gave these two each other quickly from the beginning. No, like I said they had to suffer, and let more time pass before they could really be honest about their feelings for one another.

“Just say it,” he muttered. “Tell me the fuckin’ truth for once. Tell me you fuckin’ love me, babe.”

Their chemistry was passionate, and primal full of raw intensity.

“Take it,” he growled, jerking his hips up hard. “Fuckin’ take it, Teacup.”

Yeah, Cage has a way with words, just like his dad ;)

And then there was Dirty… Madeline did us “dirty” giving us him—I mean WTF!?! I have met many messed up characters before but Dirty takes the cake. I won’t divulge why, but just know you will be shocked. Then appalled. Then thinking you are crazy because you fall for him right along with Ellie. This is how I know Mrs. Sheehan is a genius, because I know I should not like Dirty, in fact I should HATE him. But I just couldn’t help it… Gah!!!

He was a woman’s worst nightmare— beautiful on the outside, ravaged on the inside. A deadly combination. ~Ellie

I just want to go on and on about this story, but I can’t do that to you—you have to read it ;) I mean I highlighted so much of this book that I think more is highlighted than not. The prologue alone knocked my freakin’ socks off, and the epilogue was no different. I was freaking out telling my sister (who also loves this series) how amazing it is and that she has to read it RIGHT NOW! Seriously you do too—that is if you have read the first two.

Overall, I LOVED this book and this series so much that I may have a FanGirl crush on the author. I mean I really have no idea where she comes up with this shit, and how she makes me love it so damn much, but I do. Thanks again Madeline for rocking my freakin world!

It had always been him. It would only ever be him. ~Tegan

~Reviewed by StacyHgg
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All of You

All of You - Christina  Lee All of You by Christina Lee
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Print Length: 219 pages
Format: Kindle eARC
Source: NetGalley
Review Date: September 20th 2013
Steam Rating: Scorcher
Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review:

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I just HAD to read it! A hot male tattooed hero that's a VIRGIN! Hell yeah! So it immediately pushed its way to the top of my TBR. ;)

Our heroine is Avery, a young nursing student who also works as an LPN in a nursing home. We are lead to believe early on that she has demons that make her the way she is. And that way is promiscuous. She uses men to "get off" and never gets into relationships.

"...A bona fide man-eater. a Slutasaurus Rex" ;)

At a frat party Avery meets Bennett. She is immediately attracted to him and comes onto him. He is basically her next "target." But Bennett brushes her off. He sees her hardened exterior and knows that isn't what he's looking for.

You see Bennett also has demons. And because of this he has decided to wait until he falls in love to have sex. It's obvious he has had his share of girls throwing themselves at him, but he has stayed true to himself and remained a virgin. And I LOVED him for it! He is one of theses heroes that I immediately fell for, and by the end was swooning over him like a schoolgirl :)

He grabbed my waist and pulled me to him. "I've got you baby."
*SWOON*

But fate has plans for this couple. And they are placed in a situation in which they have to see each other often. They become good friends but I could FEEL their sexual chemistry intensifying.

I saw my longing reflected in his gaze. I was overwhelmed by the immediate closeness of him, and the feeling was staggering. His knee brushing mine, his breath against my hair. And in that moment I realized I didn’t want to be anywhere else in the world except next to him.

Despite Bennett being a virgin this was a steamy one! I refuse to tell you much more about it for fear of spoiling it for you, but just KNOW it will leave you satisfied ;)

“Avery, I have this overwhelming need . . . to be inside of you.” I melted into the covers, my body becoming liquid. “Will you let me?”
I knew what he was asking without him saying the exact words.


There was only one thing that irritated me, and that was the banter between Avery and her friends. They took "role reversal" to the extreme, by not only acting like horny young men, but talking like them too. They called each other names like: dick, dickhead, asshead, dill weed, dickwad, asshead etc. and it just really turned me off. I've never heard any women talk to each other like that before, and I think it's because they don't. I mean they don't even have dicks...

Overall I really liked All of You and highly recommend it! It is a unique and refreshing role reversal, with a good storyline. I was glad I pushed it in front of my TBR!

“It means that my heart is ready . . . to lay down roots,” I said. “I suppose it’s always been ready. It just needed something . . . to finally believe in.” ~Avery

~Reviewed by StacyHgg
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Worth the Fight

Worth the Fight - Vi Keeland Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland
Series: MMA Fighter #1
→→ Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: October 3rd 2013
Format: Kindle eARC
Source: received from Author for honest review
Review Date: September 17th 2013
Cover Rating: 5 STARS
Steam Rating: Scorcher
Overall Rating: 4 STARS

Review:

I first saw this book on a Facebook post with the cover and blurb, and I was immediately intrigued. I mean look at that cover! It's freakin' HOT!

I am also a huge fan of alpha male fighter heroes so I lied, cheated, and stole to get this book early (not really I signed up for the blog tour). I just knew I HAD to have it!

Worth the Fight is the first book I have read by Vi Keeland. Did I LOVE it, no. But I liked it a lot. Nico and Elle's story was intense, passionate, enduring, and above all SMOKIN HOT! I mean like squirming in my seat smexyness ;)
I give it 5 stars for character chemistry and steam.

With one strong arm, Nico lifts my ass and his other hand unzips his pants, freeing himself. “I’ve wanted to come inside of you so badly it hurts. Feel that clenching little pussy slide up and down my bare cock. I need in. Now.”
EeeeeeK! *SWOON*

However, there were a few flaws. Nico and Elle both have troubled pasts. Elle more so. Her childhood was tragic, and it was alluded to often but not revealed until late in the book. I wanted so badly to FEEL their pain but I just couldn't fully connect to it. I mean I understood it but didn't FEEL it, you know?

But like I said earlier, their chemistry was off the charts, and I did FEEL their connection--And ultimately their incredibly strong love for one another.

You’re it for me, Babe. I didn’t even know I was missing something until I found you, but now I don’t know how I got through a day without what you’ve given me. You’re my soul mate.

Although the MCs are slightly older (late 20s I think) it still had a New Adult"ish" feel to it. And I am an NA FanGirl so this worked for me.

“The Nico I know is a fighter. Isn’t she worth the fight?”

One of my favorite parts of the story was Nico's interactions with Vinny, a kid with a troubled home life Nico took under his wing. I immediately connected with Vinny, even though there was not too much time spent on him I just knew the next story would focus on him. I could feel that Mrs. Keeland has a soft spot for Vinny, and she will probably pour her heart into his story Worth the Chance. So I will be anxiously awaiting its release in 2014!
~StacyHgg
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The Awakening (The Marriage Diaries #1)

The Awakening (The Marriage Diaries #1) - Erika Wilde,  Janelle Denison Wow! I really enjoyed this story. It was steamy and passionate but also loving and heartfelt. It pictures a married couple who loves each other dearly but is ready to take their sex life to the next level. I can't wait to read the next installment! SMOKIN Hot!!!

Let Love In (Love, #1)

Let Love In (Love, #1) - Melissa  Collins Let Love In & Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins
Series: The Love Series #1-2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Format: Kindle DRC
Source: received from Author for honest review
Review Date: September 26th 2013
Steam Rating: Hot
Overall Rating: 4 STARS

SPOILER-FREE Review:

The first two books in the love series are Maddy and Reid’s story. It is a sweet romance with some sensitive subject matter (but not too much so). I usually read really intense books so this was a little on the light-hearted side for me, however I don’t think it necessarily a “light-hearted read.”

What do I mean by that? Well Maddy and Reid both have tragic pasts, and they are haunted terribly by them. Hence, the seriousness of it. But their romance was sweet and light-hearted, especially in the second book, Let Love Stay.

Maddy is starting college and she goes to a party where she meets Reid. They are immediately attracted to one another. But like I said earlier Reid has demons, and he doesn't want to let anyone in. Because of this he becomes a total asshat, and at first I didn't think i’d be able to like him.

But he grew on me until I absolutely loved him ♥ He is HAWT, sexy, sweet, smart, and compassionate with a bad boy reformed vibe going on ;) That is after he and Maddy get together.

But this couple does not have an easy road to happiness. Much of both books they are working to overcome their pasts, and it sometimes gets in the way of their relationship. At times I really got frustrated with them both. And at the end of the first book I wanted to reach into my Kindle and throttle Maddy--big time…

But she redeemed herself in the second book, and her and Reid grew as young adults trying to navigate adult life for the first time. I thought the way they loved each other was powerful and intense. But at times it was tad bit too sappy for me… They were just too nice to each other. I know that’s horrible to say but I have a love of a hero that has a little more anti-hero in them ;)

The writing was fantastic, and flowed easily. And I am a huge fan of dual POV books, which these were. It gave the MC’s more depth and I could understand where they were coming from better.

Overall, I liked but not loved their story. I recommend it if you are looking for a lighter romance, that’s not too light. The next book Let Love Heal (book 3) is about Maddy’s best friend Melanie so no waiting to see what happens with these two--but book one does leave off an a cliffhanger, so you may want to purchase book one and two together.
~StacyHgg
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A Little Too Far

A Little Too Far - Lisa Desrochers A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #1
→→ Standalone NO Cliffhanger
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Print Length: 336 pages
Format: Kindle eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Review Date: September 9th 2013
Steam Rating: Hot
Overall Rating: 4.5-5 STARS

Review:

Wow! If you like taboo subjects in your book like I do ;) than you will love A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers. It is basically full of socially unacceptable behavior—and I LOVED every second of it!!!

Lexie our heroine falls for her step-brother and an almost priest—and so will you. I know it is shocking but the way it was portrayed it really isn’t that bad, I have read worse—like Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (which I LOVED), but it is a radical concept. Her step-brother is not of her own blood so that’s a plus, and the “priest” is not quite a priest, yet. So I didn’t feel that guilty ;)

In the beginning of the story Lexie has just gone through a terrible breakup in which her boyfriend of 3½ years has cheated on her. She feels betrayed, and she is vulnerable. Her best friend and confident is her step-brother, Trent. After confiding in him how hurt she is by her boyfriend, they have sex—mind blowing sex. Soon thereafter she leaves to study abroad in Rome. She feels tremendous guilt over what happened with her step-brother, not only because she had sex with him, but because she wants to again.

Lexie is Catholic. So to ease her guilt she goes to confess her sins when she arrives in Rome. Her repentance comes in the form of some volunteer work she has to do with Alessandro Moreti. A VERY hot almost priest.

Alessandro has a past, and demons that haunt him. He is an amazing hero, sweet, smart, and he is there for Lexie when she needs a friend. But as I turned the pages I could tell they were falling for one another.

This is one of those almost love-triangles where you love both the heroes. I really fell for Alessandro because the majority of the novel takes place in Rome. If I had one criticism it would be that I never really got to know Trent, and he is a huge part of the story from start to finish. But I did love the parts he was in.

I was on the edge of my seat for the entire second half of the story wondering who she would choose. I really had no idea, and they both came with obvious downfalls. I didn’t want either hero to get his heart broken, but one had too. She does choose, and I think she made the right choice but it was bittersweet.

The next book A Little Too Much is expected to be released in November and is about one of the characters in this book, but it may be a spoiler if I tell you who. So I won’t ;)

I highly recommend this unique story to anyone who can handle a bit of wickedness in their books!!! It was amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!
~StacyHgg
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**review will be posted on blog for the Blog Tour

Pearl (Alexandre Chevalier's Story, #1)

Pearl (Alexandre Chevalier's Story, #1) - Arianne Richmonde Pearl by Arianne Richmonde
Series: Companion to The Pearl Trilogy
Genre: Romance > Erotica
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: September 1st 2013
Print Length: 205 pages
Format: Kindle eARC
Source: received from Author for honest review
Review Date: September 7th 2013
Steam Rating: Nuclear
Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Review:

In Pearl we get into the beautiful and complex mind of Alexandre. If you have read The Pearl Trilogy than you already know and love this sexy young French billionaire. He had me under his spell early on in Shades of Pearl (book 1 of The Pearl Trilogy) and I couldn’t wait to get his POV.

First I would like to mention that although it is not necessary to read The Pearl Trilogy first, I highly recommend it. I cannot say how the character development would feel if I just read Pearl because I had already read the other side of the story—and could not unknow the characters to tell you. But Mrs. Richmonde’s writing is expressive and highly detailed so I’m sure it could be enjoyed as a standalone.

Alexandre *sigh* is so unbelievably dream worthy. And, he is a veritable god in bed. Considering this is an Erotica novel, we get to know him very intimately. *swoon*

I put my hand on her bare thigh and let it rest there, tapping my finger very lightly to the beat of the music. She whimpered. Very, very quietly. Almost imperceptibly but I caught it. I had her. But I still wouldn’t fuck her that night. No, I’d make her wait.

I loved being in his head. I was privy to all his insecurities—for which I didn’t even know he had any, and his overwhelming passion and love for Pearl. He was such a tortured soul, but a beautiful and pure one too. He was loyal and honest to a fault, getting taken advantage of by the many women in his life for this reason. And that is a perspective we don’t get to see in The Pearl Trilogy—his other women. No he is not a cheater, but he has slept with so many women that the ones from his past are creeping up after he falls for Pearl.

You see, women like the fantasy of being fucked. Rough. Hard. With no mercy. They even like to imagine being tied up, whipped and chastised. But in reality, they’re just looking for one true thing.
And that one true thing’s called love.
It’s easy for a guy to fuck. Easy to play the rough and tough bastard that women often fall for. What’s hard is to not be a bastard. Not to be a jerk.


Then there was Laura :( I knew from The Pearl Trilogy what a horrendous person Laura was, but wow—we really get a closer look at her in this book. And if possible she is worse than I already thought.

I am NOT a fan of cliffhangers. And Pearl has a doozy—I mean one of the worst I have ever come across. We are in the middle of an “edge of my seat” scene and BAM—to be continued. I was like NOOOOOO!!! And you would think I already know what happens but I don’t. This was not mentioned in the previous books, and it’s killing me not knowing!!!!

The second half of the story will be releasing next month so at least I don’t have to wait long to find out what happened.
StacyHgg
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